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Ugandan firms to pursue claim for poll violence loss at EAC

Trucks transporting goods to Uganda caught in a traffic jam at Mlolongo on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. Photo/File
Trucks transporting goods to Uganda caught in a traffic jam at Mlolongo on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. Photo/File 

Rwanda and Ugandan firms have stepped up their bid for compensation from the Kenyan government over business losses arising from the post-election violence five years ago.

The traders from the two landlocked countries had lodged claims for billions of shillings under the United Nations Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that compels states to guarantee security of goods transiting through their countries.

“Compensation for traders who lost their goods during post-election chaos should be fast tracked,” chief executives from the region said in a statement read by East African Business Council (EABC) executive director Andrew Luzze in Kampala last week.

Ugandan traders said they incurred losses of up to $47 million (Sh4 billion). Rwandese firms have never made public the amount of money they want from Kenya government.